Travel Markets Insider Newsletter Vol. 24 No. 22

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Today’s issue of Travel Markets Insider is looking at some of the exciting new retail concepts launching on land and sea, as well as a range of fun and innovative activations taking place in airports around the world.

We start with the reveal of the luxury line-up of new retail concepts aboard Explora Journeys, the MSC Group’s new luxury lifestyle hospitality cruise brand. Not only will the new Explora I – launching July 17 — welcome the first Rolex boutique aboard a cruise ship, but guests will be treated to mono-boutiques for Cartier, Panerai and Piaget as well. See story on page 1.


Jamaica’s 2023 visitor arrivals reach 2 million in first six months, while summer flight bookings are set for 33% growth, Page 3.

FCCA- the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association – is partnering with PortMiami to support the port’s long-term goals.

In more good news for Florida’s fast-growing Port Canaveral – which slightly beat out PortMiami as the busiest cruise port in 2022 – it will be the year-round homeport of Royal Caribbean’s new Utopia of the Sea, the first Oasis-class ship that will be fueled by liquefied natural gas (LNG).

Other new ships to be homeported at Canaveral in 2023 and 2024 include the Caribbean Princess, the MSC Seaside, Norwegian Epic and Norwegian Prime, and the new Carnival Venezia. See story on page 3. 


Brown-Forman has promoted Alex Prendes as Director Global Travel Retail Americas. Prendes joins the GTR team from his position as Florida State Manager , where he was responsible for all off-premise and on-premise channels. Page 2.

Spanish perfume and cosmetic company PyD (formerly Perfumes y Deseño), has named Pedro Trolez Cortina as the new CEO. Trolez Cortina is the second generation leading the family-owned company. Page 2.

Nigel Keal has been elected Forum chair of the UK Travel Retail Forum, a role he has been fulfilling on an interim basis since early 2022. Page 3. 


Taking Advantage of how many people travel to the airport these days, L’Oréal Travel Retail Americas has partnered with Uber for an innovative O&O activation for its best-selling Armani Code fragrance for men. Page 4.

Dufry will offer 100% recycled, reusable bags at its operations in 22 countries. The leading travel retailer has collaborated with international advocacy organization Oceana as part of its commitment to the fight against climate change. Page 4.

L’Occitane Travel Retail kicks off its summer pop-up campaign for Brazilian-inspired skincare brand Sol de Janeiro at airports worldwide. The famed Brazilian Bum Cream and its sister products are featured in airports from Copenhagen to Paris to Sao Paulo, and will be opening soon in New York JFK. Page 5.

Pernod Ricard has taken over the entrance to the DFS store at JFK in Terminal 4 with a tasting event for Rabbit Hole Kentucky Whiskey that is running through July 12. Page 6.


Brown-Forman announced that it is selling its Finlandia Vodka brand to Coca-Cola HBC AG for $220 million. Red story on page 6.

Chivas has expanded its Extra 13 collection with a new GTR exclusive. See details on page 6.